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1 Teaching the Power Clean, and Some Safe & Effective Alternatives
Chris D.Wood, M.Ed., CSCS Strength & Conditioning Coordinator Assistant Track & Field Coach Pacific Lutheran University

2 Outline Why are you doing them Pre-requisites (get them strong first)
Equipment Med-Balls Dumbbells Clean Technical /Coaching cues

3 Why… Force Velocity Curve
It’s not about big weight Movement Speed Highest Power outputs are produced at 30-80% of 1-RM Train Movements, not exercises Full ROM, total body, athletic lifts Med Balls, Dumbbells, Barbells, Tires, Sledge Hammers

4 Force Velocity Curve Velocity Load

5 Why…Power Output The numbers for the clean speak for themselves LIFT
SUBJECT POWER (Watts) Bench Press Novice 60% 481 Novice 85% 366 Novice 100% 247 Squat Heavy Elite 93% 1259 Heavy Elite 900 Snatch Light Elite 95% 2821 Light Elite 2675 Clean 3877 3413 The numbers for the clean speak for themselves

6 Why… Cont. Hopefully not just because others are doing them!!!

7 Prerequisites Master the basic lifts first
Can your athletes: Back Squat Front Squat Deadlift Bench Press Where is their core strength? Have they been training the core standing or lying on their backs? Standing abdominal exercises Standing low back exercises Standing rotational exercises/oblique

8 Prerequisites… Cont. A safe place to lift explosively
Where to start after basic strength is achieved? Med Ball similar to Olympic Lifts Box Jumps Loaded Jumps

9 Prerequisites… Cont. Olympic variations with dumbbells
Teach triple extension first DB Push Press DB Split Jerk Move on to larger variations with strength athletes working from the floor, and speed athletes working from athletic position Speed DB Clean from the hang position Strength DB Snatch from the floor (power position)

10 Prerequisites… Cont. Athletes must MASTER athletic position
Feet square and under the hips Lower leg is perpendicular to the ground Hips are behind the knee with weight shifted slightly to the posterior (toe wiggle) Back is flat, butt is down, chin is pushed forward, and the chest is up Shoulders are pulled back slightly with the arms hanging slightly back (elbows should be locked and turned out) The arms will be angled back from the shoulder to the top of the knee.

11 Prerequisites… Cont. Hand Placement Foot Placement Power Position
Hang Position

12 Prerequisites… Cont The first pull is started with the hips… don’t let them pull with the back or elbows first. Work the hips back and the chest up. The second pull is the explosive pull… the bar gets to the knee, the hips are pushed through and the back is forcefully extended (high hamstring tension) Hip drive will create a large amount of momentum on the bar Use this momentum to shrug and pull the weight to the sternum area (bar can get away here) Once the weight has run out of momentum the athlete will quickly pull their body under the bar, catching it on their shoulders… punch the elbows up to the ceiling

13 Terms Olympic Clean (Squat Clean) Power Clean Power Position
Hang Position Mid-Thigh Position Rack Position (catch) Below Knee

14 Equipment Rubber Mat Bumper Plates Quality Bar Open Floor Space
Plywood Platform Bumper Plates Quality Bar Not bent Collar Spin Open Floor Space 12’x12’

15 Olympic Movements with Barbell
Work from the bottom up when coaching these movements Standard Base Deadlift Power Clean Pull/Hang Clean Pull/Mid Thigh Pull Power High Pull/Hang High Pull/ Mid-Thigh High Pull Front Squat Power Clean/Hang Clean/Mid-Thigh Clean Power Snatch Pull/Hang Snatch Pull/Mid-Thigh Snatch Pull

16 Supplemental Olympic Movements
Push Press (in front, from the rack) Split Jerk (in front, from the rack) Coach these if you eventually want to work up to advanced combination lifts Front Squat+Push Press Hang Clean+Front Squat

17 Pulling the Bar Foot, ankle, knee, hip
Tension (arms locked, chin out, shoulders out front) Chest rises at the same rate has the hip Bar is pulled tight up towards the shin Bar pulled from the knee to the sternum by driving the hip joint forward Finish the movement by shrugging the shoulders (pull, high pull, rack)

18 Racking the Bar Grip width… essential to a proper rack
Roughly 24”, or split between the deltoid Keeping the bar tight to the body Circular path (reverse curl) is not desired Drop the hips (not bend the knee) As the hips drop, the heels “HIT” the floor Simultaneously the elbows are punched to the ceiling

19 Racking the Bar??? You are training athletes… not lifters
Triple extension is key in 90% of sports Looking for ankle, knee, hip, and moving external loads quickly Hang Pulls Power Pulls Pull with a release Push Press

20 Racking the Bar???

21 Racking the Bar???

22 Workout Structure EXERCISE % SETS REPS Med Balls ---- 2-6 3-10
DB Variations 15-40lbs 3-6 Clean Variations 50% 6 60% 5 70% 4 80% 1-3 Hang/Power Pulls 90% 1-2

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